West Wittering East Head National Trust West Sussex

The blue-flag sandy beach at West Wittering is one of the South Coasts most beautiful beaches and offers excellent facilities. Lined with colourful beach huts its a great place for a family day out. With a wide, long stretch of sandy beach, there's plenty for the bucket and spade enthusiast to do and when the tide is out, warm, shallow lagoons remain on the sandy flats, perfect for children to splash about and paddle in the water.

During the summer months, the beach is patrolled by lifeguards (in the swimming zone), and facilities include a café, showers and beach shop. The car park has large grassy areas creating the perfect spot for a picnic.

In the winter months, you can enjoy the walk along West Wittering beach to East Head. East Head, owned by the National Trust, is an important ecological site and offers a great place to shake off those winter cobwebs.

West Wittering Beach is very popular in the summer months, and as such, there is often large volumes of traffic heading to the beach. It's recommend to get there early or allow plenty of time for your journey. Alternatively, you can cycle or walk from Chichester using the Salterns Way.

Car Park - 07:00 - 18:00
Cafe - 10:00 - 16:00

Car Park - 06:30 - 20:30
Cafe - 09:00 - 17:00

* All vehicles must leave the car park by closing time when the gate is locked.** In extreme weather the manager is authorised to close the cafe before the times listed above.


High Season

Open - 15:00 - £7.00 Weekday, £8.50 Weekend
15:00 - 17:00 - £5.00 Weekday, £6.00 Weekend
17:00 - Close - £3.50 Weekday, £6.00 Weekend

The Beach Cafe
Lifeguard base
Toilets & Showers
Disabled Toilets
Baby change facilities

All terrain wheelchairs can access the beach via a steep concrete ramp by the windsurf club. Shifting sand and pebbles make wheelchair access to the beach very difficult. The Estate has two beach wheelchairs which can be borrowed for a small deposit. Pre-booking is advised to avoid disappointment.

From Chichester take the A286 towards The Witterings. Conitue for around 5 miles to the village of Birdham. West Wittering Beach is signposted from the roundabout in the village of Birdham.

For satellite navigation use postcode PO20 8AJ to find West Wittering Beach.

By train: the nearest train station is Chichester, from where you can pick up a taxi or the number 52 or 53 bus.

By bus: The number 52 and 53 bus runs from Chichester bus station to The Old House at Home Pub, roughly a 10 minute walk from the beach.. For an up-to-date timetable visit the STAGECOACH website